These are the benefits of CBD oil for your skin

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CBD oil has many benefits for the skin, according to research, including improving its overall appearance and  alleviating skin conditions with its anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD oil has many benefits for the skin, according to research, including improving its overall appearance and alleviating skin conditions with its anti-inflammatory properties.
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You may have heard of people using CBD oil to treat their asthma or for pain relief and that some use it to grow their hair.

The truth is that there are many benefits to CBD.

CBD is cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp of cannabis sativa. People can purchase CBD oil or a range of beauty products that incorporate CBD oil to use on their skin.

Due to its potential anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may be useful for treating many skin conditions  including acne, eczema and psoriasis.

It is best to ensure that you consult your dermatologist about the use of CBD-infused products if you have a chronic skin condition.

So what is CBD oil?

A notable cannabinoid is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound responsible for making people feel the "high" many associate with cannabis. However, CBD alone cannot cause a person to feel high.

CBD oil comes in many different strengths, and people can utilise it in many ways. You can apply it directly to the skin, place a drop under your tongue, or add it to creams or lotions to help with the health of your skin.

In 2019, a study found that topical treatments with CBD-enriched ointments improved the symptoms of patients living with skin conditions. The researchers administered topical CBD-enriched ointment to lesioned skin twice daily for three months on 20 patients with psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and resulting outcome scars. The end results from the patients showed that CBD does indeed help the skin and has many benefits, including improving skin texture and appearance.

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What are the benefits of CBD oil for skin?

Helps treat acne: Acne can affect people from different age groups, although its been said it could be genetic or caused by excessive sebum.

A study in 2014 by the American society for clinical investigation found CBD can prevent sebocytes in your body from creating too much sebum. It also found that antibacterial and antifungal properties of the cannabis plant could help prevent acne caused by infections on the skin.

Alleviates itching and dryness: The oil soothes the skin and helps ease the appearance and cause of irritation. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are useful for reducing triggers of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Helps treat infections: Because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties, it is useful for treating infections that could be caused by wounds, scars or cuts.

Reduces wrinkles and aging: CBD oil has been found to help prevent the appearance of aging because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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